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Do as Grandma said, “Eat your veggies everyday!”

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Harvard School of Public Health

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Vegetables, as Socrates said, are our medicine. Nature gave us vegetables & fruits to energize our bodies, protect them from invading diseases and provide the necessary nutrients for life. Without them we are running on dirty and inefficient fuel. It is only a matter of time until our bodies break down. Then we live with disease or die.

The Harvard School of Public Health publicized a study that concluded we should eat our vegetables and plenty of them. It concluded that plant life helps lower the risk, prevent and even improve the flowing:

  1. Cardiovascular diseases
  2. Cancer
  3. High Blood Pressure
  4. Gastrointestinal Health
  5. Vision

Can anyone justify not eating plants? So much is at stake. Simply doing what grandma knew can improve your life substantially. Why risk so much?

The study goes on to say eat plenty of vegetables & fruits. What does plenty mean? More than most Americans eat. This is the single reason so many Americans are sick and die prematurely. It is NOT old age. It is bad fuel!

 

Lower Your High Blood Pressure Naturally

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BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK (Photo credit: U.S. Army Korea (Historical Image Archive))

Food Matters on Facebook had an article by a Dr. Mercola on lowering high blood pressure without drugs. He mentions many dietary, exercise related and stress related life changing things you can do to naturally lower your blood pressure. Sound familiar? I talk about diet, stress, exercise , thinking and belief as epigenetic life changing factors in this BLOG. Our bodies evolved to respond to conditions around us. For the last million years or more changes were relatively slow. In modern times we have changed the environment we live in drastically. We exercise less, we are in constant stress, we eat processed foods, we eat the wrong things from a nutrient point of view, we tend more toward negative thoughts than positive ones, and we don’t believe in much lowering the placebo effect and increasing the nocebo effect. This is causing drastic epigenetic changes in our bodies that can lead to increased illness and early death.

Dr Mercola states one source of high blood pressure is a diet rich in grains and fructose. Americans eat way too many grains. Cereals (except oatmeal), sweets, breads, etc are all sugars or turn to sugar in our bodies. Diabetes can be caused by too much sugars in our diet. Diabetes and high blood pressure are linked. The great news is we all have a choice in life. No one is forced to eat wrong or not exercise or live a high stressed life! It’s your choice.We should be changing our life styles and teaching our kids what is really important in life. You can change your lifestyle and live a healthier and happier life. Just do it … NO EXCUSES!

Unemployment hurts not only your wallet but your heart as well

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Web MD says, “Job loss may raise the risk of heart attack”. WE have spoken a lot about stress and how it can have negative epigenetic triggers that cause disease and death. Our modern world has many levels of stress we didn’t have years ago. Learn to relax and calm your stress it may save your life. This holiday season should be a joyous time NOT a stressful one.

Will Thanksgiving Turkey make you Sexually Dysfunctional?

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Dr Micheal Greger

Dr Micheal Greger (Photo credit: PigBusiness)

Dr. Greger has another interesting video on the effects of canned foods and sliced turkey. They contain a chemical called BPA which has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and erectile dysfunction. Watch what you eat!

How can you Lower your Blood Pressure Naturally?

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A medical student checking blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer and stethoscope. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Dr Gregor’s video that we have been discussing the few days, he says vegetarians and vegans have significantly lower blood pressure than does meat eaters. I can attest to this since I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, 12 years ago and decided to go vegetarian instead of take drugs. For 12 years I have had low blood pressure. 39 years ago we knew this by a study done at John Hopkins. The study shows in just 12 days of a vegan diet, your blood pressure is reduced by 6%.Is meat really so important to you that you are willing to die for it?

Hidden Salt Everywhere Can be Hard to Find

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A pair of In-N-Out cheeseburgers.

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We all know that too much salt is bad for you. Most people who are taking in too much salt don’t get it from the shaker. It comes from hidden salts in foods that we don’t associate with salty flavors. Yahoo Health recently ran the top ten hidden sources of salt:
• Salad dressing, dips, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce
• Cheeses
• Canned soups, stews and vegetables
• Breakfast cereals
• Bagels and baked goods
• Cured, smoked and deli meats
• Anything labeled low salt. The law says it must be 25% lower than regular product. If the regular product is very high the low version is still high.
• Fast food and French fries
• Products labeled “Low Fat” or “Heart Healthy” uses salt to make the product taste good.
• Some desserts like puddings and cream pies

Too Much of a Good Thing Can be Bad

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Time Magazine, December 5, 2011 on page 55 writes about “The two Faces of href=”http://www.everydayhealth.com/emotional-health/anxiety/index.aspx” rel=”everydayhealth”>Anxiety”. It is a bodily system that can paralyze you or help you move faster. The article says it’s a signal of either an internal or external threat. The problem is a little stress was designed to help us do the unbelievable in times of need but too much stress can nip away at our DNA shorting the lifespan of our cells and constricting our blood vessels causing high blood pressure. Stress has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, immune disorders, obesity, infertility and more. The hormones that are associated with stress can drive us to increased performance but too much will cause exhaustion.
Although the article doesn’t mention epigenetics it does refer to it. Our genes, it says, can be turned on/off in different amounts depending on our stress levels and even our parent’s levels. We learn to be stressful. We can re-train our minds to be less stressful thus reducing the hormones. Finally the article says, “Anxiety is neither helpful nor hurtful. It’s your response to anxiety that is either helpful or hurtful.”

Mountains of Salt Everywhere

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Orange, pear, apple

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WebMD talks about Americans eating too much salt. It is NOT the salt shaker that gives us too much sodium (salt). It comes from other non-natural sources like processed foods. Most foods in boxes, cans, bags, etc contain salt and sugar. They usually have the natural fibers removed by the processing. Why do we eat these foods? We believe that cooking takes too long but that isn’t true. We can cook meals much quicker than running to a fast food restaurant. We can cook meals from fresh raw ingredients in about the same time as from a box, bag or can. If we eat some meals as raw foods, as we should, there is no cooking time. Our health is faltering because of the increased salt. Remember the big 3 no nos to good health: 1) Reduce salt intake, Reduce sugar intake and 3) reduce saturated fat intake (animal-based foods). Low fat, low sodium, low anything means the addition of something else like sugars. Eat what nature gave us, it has been at it a lot longer than man.

Salt, Salt … Too Much Salt

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Table salt (NaCl) crystal

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WebMD recently said Americans eat way too much salt. Our excessive salt is not coming from the salt shakers. About 75% of our salt intake comes from commercial foods. We are eating too much processed foods and it’s killing us. Excessive salt is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. This 75% intake of salt doesn’t even add flavor to the foods it’s in. It is mainly a preservative. Many people then add more salt on top of it for flavor. Eating real food, not from a box, bag or can, is healthy and adding a little salt for flavor is fine. Watch the hidden salts. They are lurking in the shadows everywhere.

Your Choice: Drugs or Lifestyle Changes – What do you Choose?

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Millions of Americans are overweight with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and on the verge of heart disease or even cancer. If you’re one of them, experts say that the chances are good that you could dramatically cut back on the number of medications you have to take daily or even transition off them entirely, if you make just a few lifestyle changes. WebMD talks about this choice. Doctors seldom tell patients about these choices because it is widely believed in the medical community that Americans can’t make these changes. It really is your choice to live a life of taking drugs and becoming sicker each year you service or to change your life to one of health and no drugs. You can reduce the risks of illness drastically by exercise, diet and reduce stress changes. As your illnesses decrease and your weight decreases you can reduce your medications (with your doctor’s help) and get to a point where you are medication free. We are being told that many illnesses can NOT be cured. You must take pills for the rest of your life! THIS IS NOT TRUE! Many new doctors are finding they can reverse and cure most of these diseases by lifestyle changes. Your doctor or the medical community can NOT change your lifestyle for you. They can only prescribe drugs. If you want to be healthy and drug free, you must decide to change your life. It is your choice and within your power to do so. The beauty of it is it’s free!

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